Description: Several Latin American countries, most notably Venezuela but also Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina, have embraced populist policies over the last decade with disastrous results. They have suffered economic destruction, deep political fractures and a distinctly authoritarian style of government. So why were the leaders of two of these countries invited to speak at a Vatican conference celebrating the anniversary of Centesimus Annus? Why does the Church have such an ambiguous relationship with left-populist movements in recent years? We’ll talk about it with Sam Gregg.
Dr. Sam Gregg
Sam Gregg is Director of research at the Acton Institute and the author of several books including “The Commercial Society” and “The Modern Papacy” and has also edited several books. His newest book, For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good.” is due out this spring. He’s also the General Editor of Lexington Books’ Studies in Ethics and Economics series.